EasyMile EZ10

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EZ10 Easy Mile
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Overview
ManufacturerEasyMile
Also calledEZ10
Body and chassis
ClassAutonomous shuttle
Body styleMinibus
Powertrain
Electric motorPropulsion engine (electric asynchronous)
TransmissionSingle gear
Battery8 kWh Lithium LiFePO4 on 48V tension[1]
Electric rangeUp to 14 hours
Plug-in chargingonboard charges, 7-hour charging time on average[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,80 meters
Length4 meters
Width2 meters
Height2,75 meters
Curb weight2750 kg (fully loaded)

EasyMile EZ10 is a battery-powered autonomous electric bus designed and marketed by EasyMile. It seats up to eight people and allows seven more passengers to ride standing, or can accommodate a wheelchair, with the aim of helping to bridge the first mile/last mile of a trip. EZ10 has been deployed in more than 100 cities and 29 countries.

History[edit]

Founded in June 2014, EasyMile SAS develops and markets autonomous vehicles. It was formally a joint venture formed by Ligier, and Robosoft Technology PTE Ltd (France).[2][3][4] EZ10 was developed with the help ofCityMobil2 project co-funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).[3][4] In January 2017 it was announced that Alstom had invested €14 million in Easymile and the two companies had signed a commercial partnership agreement.[5] In July 2017, Continental also announced an investment in EasyMile.[6]

Deployments[edit]

As of end of 2015, the Gelderland county in the Netherlands, plans to put it to use on a 7 km long route between Ede-Wageningen station and the campus of Wageningen University and Research Center.[7] In September 2016, a pilot consisting of a short public transport route served by two EZ10 vehicles started in the village of Appelscha.[8]

In December 2016, the EZ10 began use in the first autonomous vehicle passenger shuttle route in North America, looping through Bishop Ranch Office Park in San Ramon, California, operated by First Transit.[9]

In 2017, EZ10 was introduced on the grounds of National Taiwan University in Taipei, and in Tallinn, Estonia.[10]

In conjunction with Estonia's presidency of the EU Council, the minibus was presented in Tallinn on 14 July 2017 by EasyMile, and the tech companies in Estonia that co-financed the month-and-a-half-long project to bring the shuttle bus to the country. The two buses serve one line officially since July 29, including a stretch of tram line under reconstruction, and run in the city until the end of August.[11][10] The line in Tallinn is the first one, where EZ10 buses connect and interact with live traffic.[12]

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b VIPA Archived 2014-12-08 at the Wayback Machine., ligier.fr
  2. ^ "EZ10, le véhicule autonome, 100% électrique" [EZ10, the autonomous vehicle, 100% electric] (in French). Ligier. 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-15. Véhicule autonome électrique pouvant transporter jusqu’à 10 personnes (6 places assises et 4 places debout ou un fauteuil roulant), ...
  3. ^ a b "Automated transportation in the (driverless) seat". European Commission. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2017-07-15. Adriano Alessandrini: “Partly thanks to CityMobil2, two French companies – Ligier Group and Robosoft Technology – created the EasyMile joint venture...”
  4. ^ a b "System suppliers". citymobil2.eu. 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  5. ^ "Alstom invests in electric driverless shuttle company EasyMile". 19 January 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Continental is investing in EasyMile and pushing ahead with the development of driverless mobility". Continental AG - Homepage. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  7. ^ "Zelfrijdende auto zonder stuur eind 2015 op Gelderse weg". 16 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Eerste zelfrijdende bussen rijden vanaf vanmiddag in Appelscha". 13 September 2016.
  9. ^ "First Transit Announces First Autonomous Passenger Shuttle Pilot in North America with EasyMile". 16 December 2016.
  10. ^ a b Dario Cavegn, ed. (2017-07-14). "Two driverless buses to take up passenger transport in Tallinn". ERR News. Retrieved 2017-07-15. The buses have a capacity of eight passengers.
  11. ^ Rudi, Hanneli (2017-07-14). "Video: sõit tulevikubussiga meenutab horisontaalset lifti" [Video: A ride on a future bus reminds of a horizontal lift] (in Estonian). Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  12. ^ Collins, Tim (2017-08-09). "Estonia's driverless buses have already encountered several 'near misses' on a busy intersection, eye witnesses claim". United Kingdom: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2017-08-14.

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